「時限爆弾を解除せよ」 (Jigen Bakudan o Kaijo Seyo)
“Disarm the Time Bomb”
We really get into the meat of the political tension that was built up in the first cour. Things got dark there with the dog seeing a potential future where Loid is killed in a clock-tower explosion. It’s impressive how quickly Anya comes up with a ramshackle plan that somehow works to save the day. In spite of Anya’s atypical ability, her character doesn’t lose all touch with reality in that she has plenty of other characteristics of children her age. Like not being able to read the clock-a huge impediment for something so time-sensitive as bomb detonation. Kids have no sense of time-asking if 5 minutes are up after only 30 seconds, and they captured that here.
It occurred to me that the dog’s foresight showed so little detail that it could very well be that Anya’s very act of rescuing her father brought about the tragedy. I know this isn’t a show that is perpetually dark (more like darkness and fluffiness mixed together), so I was sure this wasn’t the case (well, also having read the manga gave it away), but it’s still something I pondered. Indeed, it almost looked it when Anya was about ready to dive into bomb detonation herself, which there’s no way that wouldn’t end badly. It’s a good thing she actually stopped to think and that there was a handy bottle of ketchup available for some Pictionary, explosive edition. Hilarious that the one guy thought it was an eggplant-I’ve never seen a roundish eggplant, I would’ve thought tomato, but I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder.
One thing that surprised me was how careless the one spy was (even Twilight reprimands him for this). Chances are, if you are a spy working for WISE (and presumably a senior one at that, given his age), you wouldn’t be so careless as to just open a door without checking for traps, even if the building is empty. In fact, that might be even more reason to do so. That just strikes me as a plot hole for the sake of moving the story to where the author wants it-not the first and definitely not the last time in this series.
While Anya saves the day, Loid ties up the loose ends, luring in the bomber under the guise of the minister. They added a really clever detail that distinguished the two ministers from each other-if you notice, the lapel pins are different. Loid shows off his cool moves-I had to laugh at the bomber’s reaction.
I find it interesting that both the Secret Police and WISE are working for the same goal, albeit independently. For all the enmity between them, they both have peace as their main goal, but are actively convinced that the other side is a threat to it. The real threat lies in the crazy third parties like that extremist group-the kind they both can agree is a danger. It’s a shame the two sides can discover this common ground and work together over it. Alas, such is the nature of politics influenced by propaganda. Things got super dark when Sylvia (Kaida Yuuko) started listing off the horrible side effects of war (and I agree, war should not be romanticized or glorified). It sounds like she’s got quite the backstory herself. It would be fascinating to get an episode on her, expanding on her beyond the WISE leader in the shadows.